Alicia Mayne

Thank you for visiting my fundraising page. I’m raising money for Royal Surrey County Hospital Charity because I want to support their Closer to Care appeal.

In January 2018 I went for a follow up appointment for my blood pressure. 5 hours and an emergency c-section later our Aurora was born at 29+6 weeks only weighing 2lb 6oz. I had to be treated myself but 8 days later, I had to go home leaving our tiny baby behind. If we could have stayed with her it would have made the experience slightly less daunting and being able to be near her would have meant so much. We would like to help raise money to make sure parents have the opportunity to be close to their babies.

All the money I raise will go towards supporting premature or sick babies being treated at Royal Surrey County Hospital.

As is the case with many neonatal units around the country, parents with babies being treated at Royal Surrey County Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) cannot currently stay overnight with their babies, due to limited space.

This separation can be extremely distressing for both the baby and parents. I'm raising money to help the charity change this.

Giving families the option to stay with their babies at any time allows them to be much more involved in their babies’ care, which has been proven to be hugely beneficial for both baby and parent.

Working with the hospital, Royal Surrey County Hospital Charity wants to redevelop the SCBU, providing the space and resources needed for parents to be able to stay overnight, next to their babies’ cot. This will mean parents can be by their side and can help care for their baby at any time, day or night.

As well as providing overnight accommodation, the redeveloped unit will include a family room, which will offer much-needed privacy for families receiving sensitive news, and a separate space for siblings to play with toys and visitors to gather and spend time together.

It’s a great cause, and your donation will help give the most vulnerable patients the very best start in life. Donating is easy, quick and secure.

Please share with friends and family on Facebook and Twitter – and elsewhere – so I can reach my target and together we can help Royal Surrey County Hospital Charity do more. Thank you!

Alicia Mayne